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Precision measurements for propagation properties of high-definition polymer waveguides by imaging of scattered light
Author(s): Fengtao Wang; Fuhan Liu; Gee-Kung Chang; Ali Adibi
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Paper Abstract

We present a reliable, nondestructive, and real-time technique for characterization of propagation properties of planar optical waveguides based on accurately imaging the scattered light from the optical waveguide using a sensitive charge-coupled device (CCD) camera with built-in integration functionality. This technique can be used for real-time investigation of the propagation properties (loss, mode profile, bending properties, etc.) as well as the fabrication quality of planar optical waveguides. With this technique, we evaluate high-definition polymer optical waveguides on printed circuit board (PCB) substrates with a very low loss of 0.065 dB/cm at a wavelength of 850 nm, and measurement accuracy is less than 0.01 dB/cm. We expect this technique with the given CCD camera to be suitable for reliably measuring loss coefficients well below 0.1 dB/cm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2008
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 47(2) 024602 doi: 10.1117/1.2842390
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 47, Issue 2
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Fengtao Wang, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Fuhan Liu, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Gee-Kung Chang, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Ali Adibi, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

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